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Marc Ross
Regents' Proceedings 58

Marc H. Ross, Ph.D., professor of physics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 2001.

Professor Ross received his B.S. degree in 1948 from Queens College in New York and his Ph.D. degree in 1952 from the University of Wisconsin. Following service as a faculty member at Indiana University, he joined the University of Michigan faculty as a full professor in 1963.

Although he was originally trained as a low energy nuclear theorist, Professor Ross shifted his attention to automobile energy usage in the mid-1970s. He is internationally known for his research regarding environmental implications of efficient energy uses of automobiles and the associated costs and emissions. His work in energy studies involves approaches from physics, economics, behavioral sciences, and public policy. His primary focus has been on automobile energy usage, and he has conducted extensive simulations of engines, vehicles, and driving to explore fuel economy improvement and pollution reduction.

Professor Ross has co-authored 2 books and over 120 journal articles. A highly effective teacher, he mentored 13 Ph.D. students during his career. His service within the University includes 3 terms on the Department of Physics Executive Committee and 2 terms on the Senate Assembly. He also directed the UM Residential College from 1974-77. Nationally, he served on the Advisory Panel on Synthetic Fuels for the House Committee on Science and Technology (1980) and chaired the Forum on Physics and Society for the American Physics Society (1992-94) and the Board of Energy & Environmental Systems for the National Recruiting Center (1994-95). He is a member of the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and served as its president from 1993-98.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Marc H. Ross professor emeritus of physics.